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Fresh Out of Ideas to Make Spring Fresh?

Spring is a season of renewal and recharging, and this year we need that breath of fresh air more than ever.  Whether you have kids at home for Spring Break or you simply want to treat yourself to a reprieve from the ordinary, here are 6 bright spots you can add to your calendar without breaking the bank or needing to break out your passport.

 

1. NOT so Extreme Porch Makeover

Spend a morning or afternoon enjoying the crisp weather while you give your patio or porch a little love.  Meet a friend for some thrifting, shopping and a coffee and find that perfect piece to inspire your refresh.  Shop your home for the rest of the details, and get to work!  A before and after photo or a Timelapse video (try out Hyperlapse to easily sync with your Instagram account) will keep you going though the not so pleasant parts (cleaning, we’re looking at you).  Listen to a favorite podcast or an audiobook to help the time fly by, and reward your efforts with coffee in your new favorite spot the next day.

 

2.  Roll Down the Windows Down and Cruise

Make a playlist, find a new one, or listen to an old favorite and go for a drive to a state park.  Roll the windows down and take in the scenic views while you escape your own backyard to enjoy the best of what your state has to offer.  Consider checking out a new park or driving a different route and treat yourself to some good old-fashioned road trip snacking.  If it’s about the journey, and the destination, play a tourist in your own state by looking to websites like Trip Advisor and All Trails or polling friends on Facebook for tried and true favorites from the best trails to the best diners.

 

3. Escape the Mundane with a Yes Day

If you’ve found yourself sounding more and more like your mother lately (and, not in her finest hour), it may be time to give your family and yourself the day off by having a Yes Day.  Take your lead from Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s darling children’s book, Yes Day! or do some ‘research’ by watching the new Netflix release Yes Day starring Jennifer Garner, an early adopter of the Yes Day approach with her own family for years, based on Rosenthal’s book.  Find some great ideas about how to have your very own yes day, sooner than later, here. As Garner mentions in this podcast interview, you may be surprised by the simple yes’s your family has been craving & you may want to brace yourself for some adventure (eh hem, chaos) along the way.

 

4. Virtual Vacation

If your spring weather (or the pandemic) has you home and inside instead of grabbing your passport, you can still activate your wanderlust by taking a virtual field trip.  Bring out your own inner child by watching the sea otters play on the Monterey Bay Aquarium camera, rubbing shoulders with the royals at Buckingham Palace, or enjoying good weather vicariously at the Great Barrier Reef.  Whatever trip you choose to take from your own home, make it special by setting the scene with themed food, music, or an activity.

 

 5. Seize the Day with a Sunrise or a Sunset

“You know, when one is that sad, one can get to love the sunset.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Take advantage of internal clocks that have yet to catch-up to Daylight Savings Time (more coffee anyone?) by planning a date to take in the sunrise or the sunset from a favorite spot.  Make it extra special and cozy by setting up the back of the car with blankets, pillows, and even a strand of fairy lights.  Don’t forget the coffee and bagels to welcome the day, or a favorite dessert to say good night.

 

6. Brighten Up the Neighborhood

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou

While you get to work on your porch or patio, keep your kids busy with some chalk art or window art to bring a little sunshine to your neighborhood.  There’s a reason chalk art like this was making a splash across the internet last spring: it’s easy, leaves your kids feeling like true artists, and is sure to bring a smile to faces of passersby.  Get creative and take it to the fence for serious staying power.  Or, if your spring weather is unpredictable and you want your art to last, consider doing some window art instead.  Grab some painter’s tape and chalk and head outside, or grab some painter’s tape, some chalk markers or window paint markers, or make your own paint following recipe, chalk and bring out your child’s inner artist.

 

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My dreams for the future were big!

Meet Shelly! A dedicated mother of three, wife and Moms Making Six Figures partner! She needed a flexible career to help her family meet their financial goals, like putting their children through college. Shelly was not totally sure there was anything out there that would allow her flexibility and financial freedom… Until she was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, that is. Read on to learn more about Shelly!

Can you share a little about your career and family life?

I was the typical little girl with dreams of a wonderful life! Having a kind, handsome husband, three healthy children, a nice house, a rewarding career and to travel when we had extra money.  I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA and credential in K-8 education. Upon graduation, I immediately began my career teaching second grade at a private elementary school and married my high school sweetheart. I was promoted to the role of principal at my school. Everything was going as planned. Since I had always pictured myself as a mom with a busy career, starting a family was the natural next step. It wasn’t until I met my first-born daughter, McKenna (21) in October of 1997 that my dreams shifted. I left my career to become a stay at home mom.

 I never thought I would be that person to want to stay home, but it was the best decision we had ever made. My husband, Aaron, and I went on to have two more children, Delaney (19) and Kaden (16). It definitely wasn’t easy financially. We were living paycheck to paycheck, but we had a good life.  Six years ago, as my children were needing me less, my oldest was college bound and paying for her education became a priority. I started exploring a part-time career that would offer flexibility, freedom to still be a mom, travel with my family and bring in some extra money to help pay for all their educations.  How was I ever going to find something that did all of that?

How did you find Moms Making Six Figures and why did you feel it was a good fit?

I thought I was going to have to go back to full-time teaching, but in 2013 I was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures by an old friend from college, Angela Gange. It could not have been more perfect timing.  I was able to set my own part time hours around my hectic life of 3 busy teens, a husband who traveled most every week for work, caring for my father who was terminally ill, traveling with my family and starting to put away some extra money for college educations.

Joining this amazing team just made sense and fit perfectly into our lives! Moms Making Six Figures gave me hope for the first time in a long time. Being a teacher at heart, educating people is what I love to do. However, I am not saying you must be a teacher to excel with Moms Making Six Figures. Ideally, you just need to know your “why.” The reason you want to better your life.  For some, it may not be financially driven, rather a need to have other amazing, positive people in your life. Or perhaps you are like a lot of us here, needing a flexible career that provides the financial freedom you have been looking for.  Whatever your reason is, I can tell you with confidence that after being introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, my life changed… and yours could, too.

How has Moms Making Six Figures helped you to reach the financial goals you set out for yourself and your family? For instance, being able to help your kids with college, take those vacations, etc.? 

 When I started with Moms Making Six Figures almost 6 years ago, I only had about 5-8 hours a week to work. At the time, my financial goals were small, but my dreams for the future were big! As the years have gone by I have appreciated the team and how they meet you where you are at any given time in your life. If you want to run, they help you run! If you need to walk, that’s ok, too.  With our two daughters finishing their Sophomore and Senior years in college and our son starting his last year of high school in the fall, I am excited to see where my own life is headed. My goals are bigger now that I have more time for myself.  I couldn’t be more thankful that Angie introduced us to this amazing opportunity when she did. Not only have I met some wonderful people, but my family and I are healthier and happier than I ever dreamed of.  I am so thankful to be a part of Moms Making Six Figures. I love helping other women change their lives and fulfill their own dreams! 

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11 Fun Outdoor Activities to Entertain Your Kids

Now that summer’s almost here, it’s time to put away the iPad and enjoy the great outdoors with our kids!

I’m not saying that you and your family need to partake in extreme sports; I am saying that you need to get outdoors. From a simple game in the backyard to a family camping trip, there are quite a few fun outside activities that will not only keep the kids entertained and active, but you too!

You don’t always need to spend a fortune on family fun, but you do need a good imagination and some energy (hello coffee—or sports drink!) to keep up with the kids! Here are 11 fun outdoor activities to enjoy the summer months with your favorite little people:

1. Backyard Camping

No need to go to the woods for a campout—just have one in your backyard! Don’t have a tent? Build a fort outside with old bed sheets and a few cushions.

If building a small fire isn’t an option, heat up some marshmallows in the kitchen—for s’mores of course! Throw in some more camping-type snacks (beef jerky, trail mix, etc.), some ghost stories, and a ball or frisbee to throw around, and you’re good to go!

2. Green Thumbs

This is for all you gardeners out there—get your kids involved in the garden too! It’s not only a fun activity for you and the kids, but it’s also a chance to combine fun and learning.

Give each child some seeds of their own to plant. Teach them how to water and tend to the plant as it grows. This fun activity helps teach kids a sense of responsibility for taking care of other living things (a great first step for that puppy they keep demanding!).

3. Kid-Friendly Paintball

If water balloons and paintball had a baby, this would be it! Fill the balloons with non-toxic, water-soluble paint, wear some old white t-shirts, and let the fun begin! Run around the grass and try to hit each other with as many balloons as possible, all while avoiding getting hit yourself.

Whoever has the least amount of paint on their t-shirt wins! This is the perfect game for some backyard fun or to play at a local park (just be sure to wash down the grass after the game is over).

4. Go Fish!

Fishing is not only fun, it’s an important survival skill. Plus, it teaches your kids to work for their food, helps them learn patience, and allows them to get hands-on with nature (and a little dirty!): putting worms on the hook, taking the fish off the hook, cleaning and filleting their catch—or throwing it back, depending on your own comfort level.

Find a local lake or river where fishing is allowed, and look up the rules for getting a fishing license—usually a simple process. Or if you live seaside and your budget permits, you might even consider taking the family deep sea fishing!

5. Take a Hike

Instead of relying on the tablet to keep your kids occupied, let nature take the lead. If you’re lucky, there should be a nature reserve nearby; if not, you may have to take a drive out of town. Either way, it’s worth it.

You’ll find that there’s plenty along the trail to keep them entertained, and a little physical activity never hurt anybody! Look up the trails ahead of time and choose a hike that meets your family’s comfort level—from a one-mile loop to a mountain hike, there are options for all activity levels! Just remember to stick to the marked trail and allow for plenty of daylight to finish the hike.

6. Slip ‘n Slide—Without Water

Say what?! Water is a precious thing and we shouldn’t waste it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Use shaving cream instead! Slipping down the slide will be just as fun (create a simple slip ‘n slide by spreading some plastic sheeting over the grass in your yard).

But don’t just watch—unleash your inner child and join your kids!

7. Play a Sport

Soccer, touch football, tennis, swimming—the list is endless. You and the kids can get some fun exercise (and it’ll tire them out for an early bedtime, fingers crossed!).

8. Have an Archery Tournament

All you need is some paint, a bull’s eye, and the kids’ toy bow and arrows. This activity is great for children’s hand-eye coordination, and hey—parents can show off their archery skills too!

9. Host a Family Olympics

Get the whole family involved and be creative with the sports and activities you include. Pair up with your kids so that each team has an adult and a kid (or three!)—or do kids vs. parents for the ultimate face-off!

10. Arts and Crafts

We could all do with some useful DIY projects now and then. Why not get the kids involved? They could help paint or assemble their playhouse, or even make some useful things for your home. Head out to the arts and crafts supply store for some kid-friendly home decor ideas.

11. Family Cookout

Family barbeques are always fun. Teach the kids some of your favorite family recipes and incorporate some of these outdoor activities into the day—whether it’s in your backyard or on a fun family vacation.

Imagination and Creativity is Where It’s At!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to outdoor activities. With some imagination and creativity, fun can be had by the whole family. Now that the weather is nice, get out there and enjoy some sunshine.

Don’t forget to snap some pictures to capture the moment!